How is it already December??!!

This month seems to have snuck up on me. It feels like we’ve only just moved into our house, but we’ve been here for 5 1/2 months already! How can that be? I’m not even remotely ready for Christmas, and I see on my computer’s calendar that it’s two weeks away. Is this some kindRead more

First Fire

Well, I guess that’s it, summer’s over.  We hooked the wood stove up to the chimney today and enjoyed our first fire!Those of you who have been around here for a while might recognize our lovely Jotul stove, which we were careful to remove from the old house before we listed it for sale last yearRead more

Playing Catch-Up

First off, thank you for all of your kind words of support and encouragement! I loved hearing about others who have lived or are currently living a similar kind of live/work arrangement. So, as promised, here are a few photos to show you what we’ve been up to (none of them are very new, butRead more

We’re Out!

We’ve finally finished our move, and have almost settled in at my mother’s place (which is where we’ll be staying while our house is being built). It was kind of sad to leave our little house (it was just under 800 square feet at the best of times, though it seemed much smaller in theRead more


Our major renovations are coming to an end, so I thought I’d share some of the before and after photos with you. Just for fun, I thought I’d show you the “real” before shots from when we bought the house. We did a lot to it before we moved in (removing carpets and wallpaper, painting,Read more

That 70’s Vibe

We found this wallpaper hiding behind the medicine cabinet in our bathroom. And this flooring was underneath the top layer of vinyl and particle board that we removed in the kitchen. I actually kind of like both of them (maybe they remind me of my childhood), but I’m not sure I could have lived withRead more

What we did today.

House preparations continue, and in an attempt to get as much out of this place as we possibly can, we’ve decided to do some of the major projects that we’d been putting off, like tearing out the kids’ grungy old carpet and replacing it with laminate flooring. It looks so bright and clean now thatRead more

One last look.

Today the last of the kitchen cabinets made the move from their original home to our garage in preparation for the upcoming kitchen renovation. We’re feeling a little overwhelmed by all that needs to be done (especially since we’ll be doing it all ourselves), but we’re also pretty excited. So before the fun begins, IRead more

What’s in yer fridge? (and s’mores)

Quinn (aka Burdockboy) suggested in a comment on the previous post about our new fridge that someone should start “refrigerator tag”, where people post a photo of the inside of their fridge for all the world to see. Since I’d also been thinking that something like that would be fun, I guess I’ll be theRead more

I Love Craigslist!

As you probably know, we’re trying to renovate our house on the cheap, reusing materials and doing it as “green” as possible – Craigslist has been an integral part of that. So far we’ve found the perfect set of cabinets for our kitchen, our lovely new (to us) wood stove, a low flush toilet, aRead more